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Fundus
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Breast Care & Preventing Infections
Bowel
Habits
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Bowel Habits
After delivery you may experience changes or discomfort when urinating or having a bowel movement. To prevent further complications, it is important that you attempt to resume regular bladder and bowel function.

Urinating

  • Use the restroom often to ensure you are emptying your bladder
  • Use breathing relaxation techniques
  • Take pain medication as prescribed by your health care provider

Bowel Movements

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat a high fiber diet (fruits, vegetables and whole grains)
  • Use stool softeners as prescribed by your provider

Call your health care provider if:

  • You are not able to urinate
  • You experience pain or burning with urination
  • You experience urgency
  • Your urine has a foul odor
  • Temperature of 101 degrees or greater

Hemorrhoids
Many women develop hemorrhoids during pregnancy or delivery.  Here are some measures to take that can help with healing and discomfort.

  • Do not strain during bowel movements
  • Drink plenty of water, 6-8 glasses per day
  • Drink juices such as grape or prune
  • Eat a high fiber diet
  • Do not do any heavy lifting
  • Use stool softeners and laxatives as prescribed by your provider
  • Use Tucks as advised
  • Warm sitz bath may also help (see pericare for steps)